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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Syria Regime Backer Shot Dead In Lebanon

Syria Regime Backer Shot Dead In Lebanon

SARAFAND, Lebanon (AFP) – A Syrian official was assassinated by armed men at his home in south Lebanon early Wednesday, his wife and witnesses said, in the first such killing on Lebanese soil.

The victim was Mohammad Darrar Jamo, a pro-regime Syrian political commentator who often appeared on Lebanese television to defend Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Jamo had lived in Lebanon for 25 years and headed the political and international relations division of the International Organization for Arab Immigrants.

Witnesses said the 44-year-old official was shot as he arrived at his home in Sarafand, southern Lebanon, at around 2:15 am.

His wife Siham Younis told reporters that Jamo had parked his car in front of the house and started to carry bags of shopping inside.

“Moments later I heard rapid-fire gunshots”, she said. “I went into the room and I saw him lying on the ground, covered in blood.”

She said his “friends in the (ruling) Baath party in Syria had warned him (on Tuesday) by phone that he needed to be careful”.

His daughter Fatima, 17, was taken to hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown.

  • AMMAN, JORDAN—Arriving in the Middle East today for top-level negotiations with Palestinian and Israeli officials, a man who could not even devise a way to beat George W. Bush in a head-to-head vote will spend the next several days attempting to bring a peaceful resolution to the most intractable global conflict of the modern era, State Department sources confirmed. “We are confident that [this person who managed to win just 19 states against George W. Bush, even in the midst of two highly unpopular and costly foreign wars] will be able to establish a framework to bring about lasting peace in the Middle East,” said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, stating that the diplomat, who was actually deemed by the American populace to be a worse option than four more years of an administration led by a former baseball team owner and Dick Cheney, could provide the leadership necessary to resolve the bitter, bloody conflict that has raged for more than six decades. “[The individual whose sole goal for more than a year was to make the simple case that he would do a better job than one of the most disliked and poorly rated politicians of all time, and who decisively failed at this singular task] will lay out his bold vision for a road map to peace, and it’s one that we believe both Israelis and Palestinians will be very receptive to. Our best hope for a safe, prosperous Middle East lies with [a guy who came in second to a former substance abuser who nearly choked to death on a pretzel].” Sources throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories said they were optimistic about a peace deal, saying they were eager to hear the ideas of the husband of a powerful food-processing heiress.